Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bought a Derelict Home? Here's What to Do First

If you are an optimist, you might have bought a house that needs a little doing up, or a lot, for that matter. If you have finally managed to face the reality that you will have to spend a lot of money on the property before you can invite house guests, you might want to try and figure out what to fix first. Below you will find some guidance on how to set your priorities right.

“Old House” by PpaZsoltGbor is licensed under CC0 3.0

Get a Structural Survey

Before you find out how bad the condition of the house is, you will need a professional architect to give you a professional opinion. Before you could do any structural work, you will have to make sure that it is safe to remove doors and windows or knock down walls. The last thing you want to do is turn a two-story house into a one-story one due to the first floor collapsing.
Check the Roof for Leaks
“Old house” by Andrey is licensed under CC BY 2.0
It is also important to check whether you have a leak on the roof. If you do, you will need a few matching tiles, and potential insulation for your roof. If you want to get more information on what can go wrong with the roof of an old house, you should check out home blogs and forums. It is also necessary to check your drain pipes are not blocked, and the water flows freely from the roof, otherwise you will have further problems.
Listen Out for Bad Pipes
If you wake up at night to go to the toilet and the drain pipes make a midnight dance, you know that you have a problem. Get the noisy pipes around the house checked out by a professional plumber, or you can end up with a flood that will ruin your decor. Don’t start any home improvements or decoration work before all your pipes are checked and replaced, or you will be wasting money.
Sort Out the Electricity
Another issue that can be causing you a headache is tripping wires. If your electric cables are too old, you will not be able to run 21st century technology in the house. Ask your energy provider to check your voltage and capacity are suitable for your lifestyle, and ask for an update. Rewiring a house comes with a lot of mess, so this job has priority over other renovations.

Redecorate

Once all the above steps are complete, you can start looking for redecorating ideas. The main issues are addressed in your home, and you can now start doing it up, so it looks acceptable for inviting guests over. Start with the windows, skirting boards, doors, then move on to the floor, walls, and furnishings.
When you buy a home that needs a lot of work, you will need to set your priorities right. You don’t want to decorate your living room just to find out that the entire central heating system needs changing, and you need to replace your radiators and make a lot of mess. Start with the basics, and move on to the details later.


xxo
Kim

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